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A Sense of Ownership: local communities are empowered to act on deforestation

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Over the last two decades, deforestation in the Bale region of southern Ethiopia reached alarming levels of 8% per annum. “It all comes back to poverty”, argues Michelle Winthrop, Country Director of Farm Africa Ethiopia. With no viable alternatives for income, communities encroached on the protected forest area to harvest wood and graze livestock–“because they’re desperate and have no other livelihood options”.

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